Akashdeep Hazra represented India in China. Even though it was not officially recorded, in a match against MP he did 18 blocks, usually a player can block maximum 7-8 blocks in a match. What drives him more for the training is to see his name in the top list of players. Fame and recognition are the two attributes that he would always wish for.
Are you enjoying the process of sport or are you worrying about the outcomes?
I am enjoying because if I worry about the outcomes then I won’t be able to give my 100 % and if I don’t give my best then it won’t count in the grind.
What do you see when you look in the mirror?
It does not matter what I see until I am working hard enough for it. But to answer the question I see myself as an exception.
The most unfair game you have played
The most unfair game I have played is in School Nationals at Korba (chattisgarh). They made us to play until the opponent team won.
If you could wake up tomorrow in the body of another athlete, who would it be?
Well that’s cool but I want to wake up as myself, I follow other athletes and I try to learn as much as possible from them but I want my own name and fame so first I would make my own name then I will wake up one day with that feeling of being successful and rich.
One habit that you want to break or you have broken?
Well I want to break my laziness because I cannot keep my consistency and my focus on one thing or on my goals. So, laziness will be the one habit which needs to be broken.
What drives you to go for training every day?
As every athlete would have their own driving factors, my driving factors is to place my name in every match and to be among the top players.
Any rituals you follow
I do not have any rituals specifically that I follow but I eat as much as I can 3 hours prior the match and after match I have liquids.
One match that you are proud of
I have never been proud of any loss but the match that I have won. There are many, one is Junior National final match against Delhi and the other one is Inter railways final match against western railways.
One super power you wish you had, how would you use it?
I wish I had the power to read the minds of the people. I think I don’t have to explain how I will use it, that’s obvious.
Your biggest inspiration
All these huge buildings, luxury cars, houses money fame it inspires me a lot.
Do you hold any record?
Well It is not officially recorded but I guess in Junior Nationals of 94 date of birth, in match against MP I did 18 blocks usually a player can block max 7-8 blocks in a match so I think it’s a record.
Area of your game you need to improve?
I believe I will have to concentrate on dribbling and footwork. Dribbling is one of the most important aspect in the game, so I will have to improve on that.
Initial hurdles you faced
Every athlete will have to go through certain hurdles that they will have to face. But for me staying away from home and staying in the sports hostel with other players was really tough. I got bullied a lot but gave them good replies with every block in practice sessions.
Perks of being an athlete
I am kind of famous wherever I go, VIP treatment most of the time, easy money, easy job and offers from girl’s but I will stick to my girl only.
Lamest excuse you have ever given to your teacher?
I don’t remember actually, I used to give straight forward answers. If I didn’t finish my homework I used to bunk that class.
“Never give up, show your talent to the World”
What does it mean to you to represent India?
It is one of the best feelings of my life. Every time I think of the National anthem being played and I am wearing the Jersey with India written on it gives me goosebumps.
Your ultimate achievement?
To be the best no matter what I am doing. Only one can be the winner and I want to be that winner. I wanted to achieve what I always wished for.
How will you want to be known in 10 years from now?
I want to be known as Akashdeep Hazra itself. Moreover, I would love to be known as the richest and the best athlete.
What’s on your bucket list?
3)Recording my own album.
4) Deep sea diving.